For a Montessori homeschool and many preschool environments, Montessori tactile boards are a great DIY project. Tactile boards are a wonderful sensorial activity, but they were never one of the most popular materials in my Montessori preschool or homeschool. Especially for a homeschool, DIY tactile boards are a good place to save money.
In traditional Montessori classrooms, you’ll find both rough and smooth boards and boards for gradation of textures. There are also tactile tablets for matching grades of sandpaper.
DIY Tactile Boards and Tactile Tablets
Making Montessori Ours made tactile boards and tablets from plywood and sandpaper.
Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has $2 touch boards from floor sample tiles and sandpaper.
Walk Beside Me used matte board and sandpaper.
A Bit of This and A Bit of That used mini cheese boards and sandpaper.
Carrots Are Orange used a slate board and sandpaper to make a sandpaper texture board.
Extensions/Alternatives to Traditional Tactile Boards and Tactile Tablets
Elaine Ng Friis made a rough-and-smooth activity sorting sandpaper and normal paper. (blog no longer available)
Harvesting Kale made texture boards using wooden boards from the craft store and items of varying textures.
Kreative Resources made texture boards from inexpensive cutting boards and items of varying textures.
Julie K. in Taiwan made texture boards using cardboard and items of varying textures.
Post-Apocalyptic Homeschool made texture tablets from cardboard squares and items of varying textures.
Barefoot in Suburbia made tactile boards and tablets from hard foam board and sandpaper.
My Delicious Ambiguity used wooden coasters and items of varying textures.
Walk Beside Me has tiny fabric matching pillows (and an interesting post about the use of sandpaper).
School Time Snippets has a texture road of butcher paper with items of varying textures.
Making Montessori Ours has a fabric box and mystery bag in addition to DIY tactile boards and tablets.
Tactile Board and Tablet Presentations
Carrots Are Orange shows the steps for presenting rough and smooth boards.
David Gettman’s Basic Montessori: learning activities for under-fives – Google Books has presentations for touch boards, tactile tablets, and fabric matching.
Montessori World has presentations for texture boards and tablets.
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